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INTERNATIONAL NETWORK ON MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT (INMD)
NODO NORTE

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Under the new International Network on Migration and Development (INMD) structure, OLLAS has been named the coordinator of the Northern Node of the INMD. Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS Director, along with Oscar Chacón, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC), represent the Northern Node on the INMD Board.

The International Network on Migration and Development (INMD)/Red International de Migración y Desarrollo is a global network of scholars and civil society leaders dedicated to research and public policy at the intersection of development, migration and human rights. For more information about the INMD, please visit their website: migracionydesarrollo.org

The “Nodo Norte/Northern Node” encompasses the United States and Canada and is one of seven regional nodes in the INMD. The goals of the regional nodes are to: 1) provide a platform for the exchange of information among Node members and the INMD as a whole; 2) Identify a “critical issues” agenda for research and action in the region and transnationally; and 3) Organize forums, working groups and policy-relevant research that can inform policies and actions aimed at enhancing equality, sustainability and rights among migrant communities.

To join the Northern Node, please fill out the membership application online.

Contact Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS Director, or Claudia Lucero, OLLAS Community Engagement Coordinator, for more information.

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Transnational Impact of Migrant Organizations in New Destinations
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(See Funded Projects)
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Venezuelan Migrants in Old and New Destinations

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Lourdes Gouveia.  The project seeks to document the migration histories and settlement strategies and outcomes of Venezuelans in the United States. It utilizes a transnational perspective and a combination of data sources that include decennial censuses and in-depth interviews with Venezuelan migrants and their organizations, as well as a wide range of governmental and nongovernmental agencies located in Venezuela and the United States. The project is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Ford Foundation. As of 2008, migrants have been interviewed in older destinations such as Miami and Orlando and in the new destination state of Nebraska. The project will be extended to other states with relatively large concentrations of Venezuelans and transnational organizations such as California, New York, Texas, and Rhode Island.  If you wish to participate in the study, please contact Dr. Gouveia directly at lgouveia@unomaha.edu

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Latin America Study Abroad: Lima, Peru!

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(See Information for 2014 Trip)

The course examines the effects of globalization on the urban population of Lima, Peru. This country’s pre-Columbian heritage and multicultural makeup constitute an intriguing site for exploring development, underdevelopment, and the reality of modern Latin American cities today. Students will gain new insights into issues such as the power of culture as it receives and transforms transnational media images; the transformation and destruction of nature; the role of organized urban neighborhoods and their accomplishments; and the challenge facing Latin American policymakers as they try to reconcile different views of “modernity” in a multicultural environment. The first class and study abroad group went to Lima in 2008. Since then, OLLAS has sent students, community members and staff in 2009 and 2011. The course has an applied and service learning component, which consists of working in a shantytown with community members to assist in improving a childcare center/daycare center.